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    Default My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    My favourite animal is a cat.

    Is it natural if I re-arrange the order as follows?

    A cat is my favourite animal.

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Do you mean cats in general, or one specific cat?

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Do you mean cats in general, or one specific cat?
    I mean one specific cat.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 19-Apr-2013 at 21:42.

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I mean one specific cat.
    'My favourite animal is my cat Tibbles.'

    'My favourite animal is a cat — my tortoiseshell, Tibbles.'

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Hello.
    I'm really sorry to barge in.

    If we talk about cats in general, the sentence should be "My favourite animals are cats." or "Cats are my favourite animals."
    "My favourite animal is a cat." is not natural. "A cat" here does not have a generic meaning. Do I understand it correctly?

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    I'm really sorry to barge in.

    If we talk about cats in general, the sentence should be "My favourite animals are cats." or "Cats are my favourite animals."
    "My favourite animal is a cat." is not natural. "A cat" here does not have a generic meaning. Do I understand it correctly?
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    Hi tzfujimino

    When we are talking about cats in general, it seems that some native speaking English teachers in this forum would say as follows:

    My favourite animal is the cat.
    My favourite animal is a cat.
    My favourite animal is cats.
    Dogs are my favourite animal.

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post


    When we are talking about cats in general, it seems that some native speaking English teachers in this forum would say as follows:

    My favourite animal is the cat.

    My favourite animal is a cat.

    My favourite animal is cats.

    Cats are my favourite animal.

    Rover

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Rover
    Hello, Rover. Long time no see.
    Please allow me to ask another question.

    If it were "Cats are my favourite animals.", would it be correct?

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Yes.

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    Default Re: My favourite animal is a cat. vs A cat is my favourite animal.

    Are the following questions correct?

    1. My favourite fruit is the apple.
    2. My favourite fruit is an apple.

    Is the following question wrong?

    3. My favourite fruit is apples.

    Thanks.

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